Up for sale, a 1990 Fender Medium Scale Stratocaster model STM-550G in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Part of Fender Japan’s Pro Feel series crafted at the famed Fujigen factory, this guitar was marketed exclusively to the Japanese domestic market, rarely seen outside its country of origin. This rare Strat model has the attention to detail and premium fit and finish work consistent with the “Made in Japan” era.
Featuring a scaled down poplar body, maple neck, and 22 fret maple fingerboard, the acoustic response of this Strat is balanced and chiming. The stock Hotrod-5S pickups are wired to a five-way switch, offering plenty of twang and bite at the bridge and a warmer, bell-like quality at the neck, while positions 2 and 4 have a nice squawk and cut. The guitar weighs 7lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .735” deep at the 1st fret and .820” at the 12th. The fast neck shape works in tandem with the shorter 24 3/4” scale length and 40mm (1 9/16″) nut to ensure that this STM-550G has an effortless feel. The 22 fret maple fretboard retains the original medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. On the headstock, the Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The neck heel and pocket have matching model stamps, and the “Made in Japan” text and J-prefix serial number are present above the contoured four-bolt neck plate.
All the electronics work as intended, with the pickups wired to five-way selector switch and standard Volume/Tone/Tone controls. Solder joints are untouched, and the full-size Japanese pots date to 1990. The Endrox-G1 two-point pivot tremolo actuates smoothly and has clean chrome plating, with light surface patina across the saddles. Original plastics include the three-ply white pickguard and uniformly yellowed pickup covers and knobs. Cosmetic wear is limited to a scant few faint finish scratches and dings on the body and a small patch of buckle rash at the treble-side waist on the back. The ambered gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth.
A gigbag is included.